5 Tips for Choosing the Best Hair Inspiration Pictures to Take To Your Stylist

When switching up your style, the best way to convey the look you’re trying to achieve to your stylist is through hair inspiration pictures.

Sure, you could describe what you’re hoping for, but one of the best ways to avoid having too much hair cut off or a different version of what you were envisioning is by giving your stylist a real picture of what you want.

Here are five tips for choosing the best hair inspiration pictures to take to your stylist:

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1.) Find similarities in photos

When gathering photos to take to your stylist, our first piece of advice is to go on a pinning and screenshot spree.

Pin any hairstyles, cuts, and colors you like and don’t give it a second thought. Once you’ve gathered a nice-sized collection of images, look at them all in one space on your Pinterest board or phone gallery and then try to find the similarities.

Once you notice similarities and patterns among the photos you’ve saved, that’s a good indicator of the look you’re trying to achieve. Then narrow it down even further among those similar photos to put together your top three to five pictures to take to your stylist.

2.) Look at hair textures

If you’re wanting a cut that requires minimal styling effort everyday, you need to look at the texture of your hair.

We all know that we want what we don’t have, so it isn’t uncommon for curly girls to find hair inspiration pictures of a cut where it truly works best with the model’s pin-straight locks and vice versa. Determine how much energy you want to put in to styling your hair everyday and if it’s something you’re willing to devote.

For example, girls with tight curls will want some slight layers to avoid having a pyramid-shaped style, therefore a short bob might not be the best cut for you, but a medium-length, long bob could work much better.

3.) Notice Face Shape

For styles with bangs or other specific layers, know that your stylist might suggest some alterations of your picture based on your face shape.

By altering the style to best flatter your face you’ll be left with a cut that may not look identical to the picture you brought in, but it compliments your facial features best.

If you’re not sure what face shape you have, ask your stylist. This can help you when looking for inspiration pictures for your next cut.

4.) Be Realistic 

If you’re going for a drastic change, specifically with your hair color, you need to realize it might take a couple trips to you stylist to get the look in your picture.

When going from dark to light, your stylist may want to take you lighter in stages over the course of several months to avoid frying your hair by intensely stripping it of color.

Just keep reality in mind and know that the look you’re going for may take more than one visit to achieve. This is artistry after all, and as the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

5.) Notice Color

There’s something to be said about the natural color you’re born with, but we understand wanting to flip the switch and make a transformation by way of your hair color.

Keep in mind that the hair color you see in a picture might be altered or boosted with Photoshop and to achieve the same look it will take some time (similarly to what we mentioned in the point above). However, you’ll also want to listen to your stylist’s suggestion based on their knowledge of tones and hues.

Any good stylist will steer you clear of a color that will wash out your skin tone or require more maintenance than you stated you’re willing to make. Not that they’ll disregard the look you’re going for, but if your hair inspiration pictures are of a fair-skinned redhead and you’re an olive-skinned blonde, they might make some variations based off your picture.


So go ahead, fall in to the abyss that is Pinterest. Now that you’re armed with what to look for in your perfect cut and style inspiration photos, the next step is booking your appointment!


Stylist Q & A with Jamie Lynn B of Bang Salon Metropole

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Jamie Lynn B. is a board certified colorist who loves doing everything from bombshell blondes to racy reds. But don’t let her avant-garde style shy you away; she’s also famous for her natural looking, sun-kissed, girl-next-door (with a little sass) styles.

If you are in the market for a look that the stars are wearing, or you’re looking for a completely unique look that plays off of classic techniques, Jamie Lynn B. is your girl.


Q: How long have you been styling hair and how did you get in to this profession?


A: I have been a licensed cosmetologist for twelve years and I had a long-time desire to be in this profession since I was a young girl. I am an artist by trade and I have love making things aesthetically appealing. Hair is a world of art that involves shape, color and instant gratification.


Q: How many of  years have you been with Bang?


A: I’ve been with Bang Salon for four years.


Q: What do you think makes Bang Salon a unique place to go get your hair done? There’s so many offerings here in the city, but why should someone try Bang?


A: Bang Salon is a unique place due to its young, hip vibe and all the stylists have unique individual styles. Not to mention, all the stylists are personable, extremely talented and highly trained. Bang Salon is also affordable, so you are able to see your stylist more frequently to keep your look fresh.


Q: What’s your favorite color trend happening right now?


A: My favorite trend right now has to be ecaille (tortoiseshell technique) balayage and ombre’ blend that is a bit darker richer and more golden amber tones. Just stunning and classy.


Q: What’s your current favorite cut or style? Something you just have a lot of fun doing?


A: I am a huge fan of the BB cut, or the Blunt Bob. It works great at all lengths and textures.


Q: What is your number one hair tip you could give to someone who just overall wants healthier hair?


A: I am not sure where I picked this saying up, but it has stuck with me through my career, “Hair is your best accessory wear it.”


Truth is if you don’t put time and money into you hair, it shows. Having healthy hair should be a priority. One of my favorite hair tips is using unrefined coconut oil as a deep conditioner once a week. Pintrest has loads of instructions on how to use it as a deep conditioner. It also works great to knock out those fly aways that drive us all nuts in the colder months.


Q: Anything else you want Bang blog readers to know?


A: Do your homework prior to your appointment. Stylists love photos. It cuts consultation time in half and gives us more time to spend on your lovely mane.  If you don’t know exactly what you want, save a ton of different photos and your stylist will help you decide what will work best for you!


You can schedule an appointment with Jamie Lynn B. by calling Bang Salon Metropole at 202.588.5555, or online through our website.


Boho Hairstyles for Music Festival Season and Spring

Music festival and concert season is upon us, which means putting together the perfect look to rock at your next event.

And even if you’re not able to make the escape to the California desert for Coachella or the foothills of Tennessee for Bonnaroo, you can still channel your inner festival-goer with these cute seasonal boho hairstyles.

They’re also perfect for a picnic date on the Mall or for a day of winery hopping outside of the city…we know we’re not the only ones with those items on our spring bucket lists.

Here are some of the best tutorials and inspiration pics for our favorite music festival and spring event boho hairstyles:

Boho Braids

Braids are about as classic of a hairstyle as you can get, but we’re all about braids that have more texture and less structure than your typical plait.

We promise these styles look more complex than they are, just have some patience and don’t get too worried about the end result, boho braids look better when they’re less-than-perfect!

Braided Ponytail

Lindsey Pengelly Braided Pony Tutorial via Free People

Twisted Crown

Twisted Crown

A colorful Boho Fishtail Braid via A Beautiful Mess

A colorful Boho Fishtail Braid via A Beautiful Mess

The Cute Kind of Hat Hair

If you’re not super savvy with braids or styles that require much more than a quick scrunch of beach waves spray, hats are a perfect go-to.

Start by picking out a cute fedora or floppy hat, and then opt for a simple style like undone waves, a loose bun or a simple twist to ensure looking super stylish without a ton of skill.

Black Hat _ Loose Waves

Vintage Hat and Undone Waves via Nasty Gal.

Free People Loose Braid Hat

Bohemian Summer Twist via Free People.

Loose Bun

Loose bun with fedora via BeautyFrizz.

Headband and Head Scarf Do’s

We’re not talking about stretchy, non-fabulous headbands you wear when you get your sweat on or when you’re giving your self an at-home facial.

We know there’s some headband haters out there, but given the right fashionable headband or scarf and some good direction, you’ll be looking the epitome of hippie chic. You can find some cute hair bands/scarfs at South Moon Under, Lou Lou or Urban Outfitters.

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Hair Tutorial / Headband Tuck by Treasures and Travels.

Head Scarf

The ultimate trendsetter in head scarf chic…Nicole Richie.

Flower Crowns

Okay, so these tutorials are more about the creation of the flower crown itself, but with a little DIY flair and some undone, messy waves or a short and sassy pixie, you’ll be looking like a modern day boho flower child.

And if you’ve been wanting to try the flower crown trend, but you’re a little self-conscious of looking like you have a full-blown garden on your head, you’ll love the dainty flower crown tutorial on LaurenConrad.com.


DIY Midsummer Flower Crown by Honestly WTF

Lauren Conrad Flower Crown

DIY How to Make Flower Crowns by Lauren Conrad.


What are some of your favorite go-to spring event styles? Tag us in your pictures by using the hashtag #bangsalondc so we can see!